In 1988, the Food and Drug Administration decided not to require homeopathic remedies to go through the same drug-approval process as standard medical treatments. Now the FDA is revisiting that decision. It will hold two days of hearings this week to decide if homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective

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People aren’t very nice to each other online. Everyone has read a comment thread and been annoyed at the vicious remarks, or witnessed a flame war under a YouTube video. Many online communities now have moderators, and they aim to ban trolls—those people who just who can’t stay civil

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Attempts to tackle sales threat by framing criticism of smoking as fundamentalist fanaticism are outlined in cache of documents from 1970s until late 1990s

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Choosing between dinner and a medical test

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Since it was revealed that Andreas Lubitz – the co-pilot who purposefully crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, killing 150 people – had been treated for psychiatric illness, a debate has ensued over whether privacy laws regarding medical records should be less strict when it comes to professions that carry special responsibilities

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It began with anxiety and depression. A few months later, hallucinations appeared. Then the Texas man, in his 40s, couldn’t feel or move the left side of his face. He thought the symptoms were because of a recent car accident. But the psychiatric problems got worse. And some doctors thought the man might have bipolar disorder

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Are Food Additives Evil?

April 17, 2015

An almost civil debate. The Food Babe, essentially, never met a multi-syllabic ingredient she could bring herself to like. Science Babe seems to think we should all be drinking BHT-laced smoothies. That’s a bit of an overstatement, to be sure—but so is most everything that these warring factions are spewing out in their battles over the additives that lace your food

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The latest reports of a dementia breakthrough illustrate the dangers of overhyping cutting-edge research into drugs and disease

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